The Centre made it clear that Andhra Pradesh cannot be accorded special category status by any criteria specified by the Planning Commission. It added that at present no special package of industrial incentives can be considered for AP.
In reply to a letter written by YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to the Prime Minister on the issue, deputy secretary of department of industrial policy and development Ashish Datta stated that the package was included in the Centre’s provisions for AP and the state does not fulfil any criteria for getting special status.
Cash-for-vote: T ACB may slap notices on AP cops
HYDERABAD: The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP) police may soon square off, sparking a battle on yet another front between the two states in the cash-for-vote case. The prospect appears strong with sleuths of the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) gearing up to serve notices on some top police officials from Andhra Pradesh on charges of harbouring and helping the accused in the case – Jimmy Babu, Mathias Jerusalem and M Kondal Reddy.
Telangana ACB officials claim to be in possession of call data records of the trio which, they say, proves that the three accused were in contact with certain top AP police officers, in addition to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, even as nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson was being sought to be bribed by the party to vote for its candidate in the MLC elections.
The Telangana ACB believes that Jimmy was being harboured by these ‘helping hands’ in Tanuku and a similar help was also extended to Jerusalem. An ACB official told STOI on Saturday, “Some calls from top police officers and political leaders were made on Kondal Reddy’s cell phone number before it was switched off on the day the ACB notice was served. We want to issue notices on a few police officials and political leaders to know as to why they were in contact with Jimmy, Kondal and Jerusalem.”
It was on May 31 that TDP legislator A Revanth Reddy, Bishop Harry Sebastian and Uday Simha were caught red-handed while trying to bribe Stephenson. Jerusalem was named an accused in the cash-for-vote case, while TDP youth wing leader Jimmy Babu and Nara Lokesh’s driver Kondal were issued notices by the ACB to appear before the investigating officer (IO) for questioning.
After he was booked in the cash-for-vote case, Jerusalem moved a quash petition before the Hyderabad high court and got a stay on his possible arrest. Similarly, Jimmy, who was served with a notice under section 41-A of CrPC to appear before the IO in the case, never turned up at the ACB office since the first week of July. Even Kondal has not responded to the notice served under section 160 of CrPC so far.